PCM704 - Community Mental Health Promotion

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Subject Title
Community Mental Health Promotion

Subject Description
Recreation therapists are strategically positioned to influence and shape mental health promotion in the community. This course is designed for the recreation therapist who is interested in understanding the social considerations that impact mental health and those with mental illness. This course therefore explores mental health promotion through primary, secondary, and tertiary frames of reference. Within these reference points, the course will investigate such issues as risk factors for mental illness in the community, assessing community needs, reducing risk, and management strategies for those with mental illness. Assertive outreach and therapeutic recreation intervention strategies across the lifespan will be included.

Credit Status
This is a professional option course in the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation and it addresses two professional concentrations: community wellness and mental health.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical milestones in the evolution of community mental health care, with consideration to the recovery/recovering model of community mental health practice.
  2. Predict how mental illness can influence, and can be influenced by, social exclusion.
  3. Analyze how factors such as economic status, age, ethnicity, ability, indigenous status, and gender impact access to care by those with mental illness in the community.
  4. Identify various services in the area that provide services to community-dwelling people with mental illness, and define their approach to client care.
  5. Predict the needs of community-dwelling people with mental illness based upon a therapeutic recreation perspective
  6. Propose community-based interventions consistent with recreation therapy practice that might support the recovering process of those with mental illness.
  7. Evaluate how individuals from various cultures might address the process of mental health care and approach to treatment in accordance with their own cultural practices.
  8. Recognize, assess, and discuss the characteristics that define cultural competence in the community mental health worker and evaluate the barriers to cultural competence.

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